Too Hot to Handle: Users Report Overheating Issues with the New iPad

Posted in Apple News, iPad on 19/03/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple’s latest iPad has certainly been a hot item – an idea that, according to CNET, may be true in more ways than one. Many users on the MacRumors forums and in Apple’s online support community report that the device’s lower left-hand corner can become uncomfortably warm during use.

Reports vary between claims that the device gets only slightly warm during use to more extreme claims that the device becomes so warm that it can no longer be comfortably used, such as Apple support community user BeersYourFriend, who states that his device became “scorching hot.”

Try playing Real Racing 2, and tell me if yours gets hot or not… I just got done playing about 10 minutes of Real Racing 2, and it is scorching Hot!!! Thank god I have a case, but when I slide my had into the case to feel the back, it its Hot Hot Hot! Not temperature errors yet, and am surprised its able to function at such high temps… What’s going on here?

Apple has yet to release a statement or support article about the issue. I’ve found that my new iPad does get warmer than my iPad 2, but certainly doesn’t get “uncomfortably warm” under any circumstance. What about you? Are you experiencing overheating issues?

Update: Apple has responded to concerns about the new iPad’s temperature in a statement to The Loop, confirming that the device operates well within their thermal specs:

“The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications,” Apple representative Trudy Muller, told The Loop. “If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.